Synplicity's FPGA Synthesis Market Share Grows by 14%

12/20/2004 - Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP), a leading supplier of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, announced the company grew its worldwide FPGA synthesis market share lead in 2003 by 14 percentage points over the previous year according to Gartner Inc., the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry. In Gartner’s recently released 2004 EDA Market Trends report, Synplicity’s share of the FPGA synthesis market was 58 percent in 2003, compared to 44 percent in 2002. With this sizable increase, Synplicity now holds nearly twice as much market share compared to its closest competitor. Synplicity believes its continued growth within the FPGA synthesis market is due to the desire of customers to have fast and easy-to-use FPGA synthesis products that deliver the highest quality of results.

“We strive to provide our customers with a best-in-class FPGA synthesis product and we are pleased to have extended our leadership position in this market in 2003,” said Gary Meyers, president and CEO of Synplicity. “Over the years, we have steadily grown our share of the FPGA synthesis market and expect this trend to continue, based in part on the positive feedback we have received from our current and potential customers and from the strong relationships we have formed with the FPGA vendors. We expect the overall FPGA market to continue to grow and believe we are well positioned to meet the increased demand for tools that enable designers to meet their cost, time-to-market and performance goals.”

Gartner forecasts a CAGR of 10 percent for the FPGA synthesis market from 2004 to 2008 and a CAGR of 19 percent for the programmable logic market from 2004 to 2008. Dataquest’s annual market share and forecast report titled, “ Market Trends: Electronic Design Automation, Worldwide, 2004”* and published on December 1, 2004 was compiled using a variety of data sources including Gartner’s research, EDA vendor-submitted responses and detailed end-user surveys. Synplicity’s leadership position was based on 2003 license and maintenance revenues for Synplicity’s FPGA synthesis products including Synplify®, Synplify Pro® and Amplify® FPGA synthesis solutions.

About Synplicity’s FPGA Synthesis Solutions
Synplicity’s Synplify software helps programmable logic designers rapidly achieve aggressive performance objectives. The Synplify software takes designs written in VHDL or Verilog as input, and compiles, optimizes and maps them into efficient, high-performance netlists for all leading CPLD and FPGA devices. The Synplify Pro software offers high quality of results and fast runtimes along with an expanded feature set optimized to increase performance and productivity for today’s complex programmable devices. The Amplify FPGA software is the first physical synthesis tool for FPGAs. The Amplify FPGA software improves circuit performance and timing closure by performing simultaneous placement and logic optimization during the synthesis process. The Amplify FPGA product has been used in hundreds of Altera and Xilinx programmable logic designs around the world. Pricing and Availability Synplicity’s Synplify, Synplify Pro and Amplify FPGA solutions are available now. Pricing for the Synplify software starts at $9,000 ( U.S.), pricing for the Synplify Pro software starts at $19,000 ( U.S.) and pricing for the Amplify FPGA product begins at $25,000 ( U.S.).

About Synplicity
Synplicity® Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNP) is a leading supplier of innovative synthesis, verification and physical implementation software solutions that enable the rapid and effective design and verification of semiconductors. Synplicity’s high-quality, high-performance tools significantly reduce costs and time-to-market for FPGA, structured/platform ASIC and cell-based/COT ASIC designers. The company’s underlying Behavior Extracting Synthesis Technology® (BESTTM), which is embedded in its logical, physical and verification tools, and has led to Synplicity’s top position in FPGA synthesis, now provides the same fast runtimes and quality of results to ASIC and COT customers. The company’s fast, easy-to-use products support industry standard design languages (VHDL and Verilog) and run on popular platforms. Synplicity employs over 280 people in its 20 facilities worldwide. Synplicity is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information visit

* “Market Trends: Electronic Design Automation, Worldwide, 2004.” Published December 1, 2004. Authors Gary Smith, Daya Nadamuni, Laurie Balch and Nancy Wu. 2004 Gartner Inc. and/or its Affiliates.

Synplicity, Synplify, Synplify Pro, Amplify and Behavior Extracting Synthesis Technology are registered trademarks of Synplicity, Inc. BEST is a trademark of Synplicity, Inc.

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